Five phases of the program
What happens during a Stewardship Key Leader Program?
At the heart of the Stewardship Key Leader program is on-site involvement of the consultant (also called the Stewardship Key Leader) for two full weekends. In addition to these two weekends, the consultant is deeply involved in the congregation's ministry for a period of approximately four months.
The Stewardship Key Leader program has five phases:
Phase One – Pre-Work
During this period of approximately two months, the Stewardship Key Leader works with a small group of congregational leaders laying the groundwork for a successful program. Important decisions are made by the leaders regarding how specific parts of the program will be conducted.
Phase Two – Planning Weekend
The Stewardship Key Leader is on-site, presenting a detailed time-line and all program materials, training the Leadership Team, preaching in worship and introducing the program to the congregation.
Phase Three – Program Time
During this time, usually fi ve weeks long, members of the congregation receive several mailings, hear sermons and talks in worship focusing on the program, read bulletin inserts, are invited into specific times of prayer and bible study, and learn of various ways to give. Children and youth are involved in several ways. The Stewardship Key Leader is in frequent contact through this time, providing coaching and encouragement.
Phase Four – Commitment Weekend
The Stewardship Key Leader is again on-site, providing leadership as the congregation makes its financial commitments to the program. Th e consultant again preaches, and leads the commitment time in worship. The follow-up team is also trained.
Phase Five – Follow-up
Those who have not yet made their commitment are contacted either by telephone or by mail. The follow-up phase is tailored to specific groups within the congregation.